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Aug 08, 2019 Research Alliance The Fed Should Hike Interest Rates, Not Cut Them—Guggenheim

By almost every measure policy makers should be considering another rate hike in anticipation of potential economic overheating from looming limitations on output. Instead, debate has been focused on the need to take preemptive action to avoid a potential slowdown.

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Aug 08, 2019 Research Alliance Portfolio Allocation Amid the Tidal Effects of Renewed Fed Easing—Thornburg

The Fed is poised to join the global easing bandwagon, fueling a surge in risk asset prices. As market distortions from easy money grow...

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Aug 07, 2019 Research Alliance A Bullish View amid China Uncertainty—WisdomTree

On last week’s “Behind the Markets” podcast, Jeremy Schwartz spoke with Professor Jeremy Siegel, First Trust economist Brian Wesbury and Hanming Fang, professor of economics at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of the nonprofit website VoxChina.org.

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Aug 06, 2019 Research Alliance Would Fed Tweets Work Better?—WisdomTree

What a week last week was! From the Federal Reserve to President Trump’s tweet stating that more tariffs on China are potentially coming to Friday’s jobs report, Kevin Flanagan breaks it all down.

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Jul 31, 2019 Research Alliance The Dark Side of the Rate Cut—Thornburg

Market expectations should not help drive monetary policy.

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Jul 18, 2019 Second Quarter 2019 Research Call Replay

Listen to a replay of our second quarter 2019 Litman Gregory research team webinar. Topics covered (among others): macroeconomic conditions, monetary policy, yield curve inversion, expected returns for U.S. and European stocks, alternatives, and fixed income positioning changes. The presentation slides are available at the bottom of the page under Resources.

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Jul 17, 2019 Research Alliance Fed Watch: Under Pressure—WisdomTree

One overarching question that many investors ask is, Why is the Fed so intent on cutting rates? If judging solely on low unemployment and an impressive June jobs report, many wouldn’t think we should be having a rate-cut discussion. Kevin Flanagan explains why a July rate cut is still likely.

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Jul 17, 2019 Research Alliance High-Yield and Bank Loan Outlook Report—Guggenheim Investments

Investors may be tempted to go down in credit quality in anticipation of a Fed-induced rally in leveraged credit. History suggests this would be ill-advised.

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Jul 16, 2019 Research Alliance Where Are Rates Going? A Conversation with Tom Barkin, Richmond Fed President—WisdomTree

Last week on the “Behind the Markets” podcast, Jeremy Schwartz interviewed Tom Barkin, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The conversation focused on the U.S. economic outlook, interest rates and the upcoming July Fed meeting.

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Jul 09, 2019 Research Alliance Reality Bites—WisdomTree

The much better-than-expected June jobs report has the money and bond markets—and probably the Federal Reserve as well—in a dither. Kevin Flanagan analyzes the data to bring you back to a post-July 4 reality!

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